The 9 best places to spend New Years in Europe in 2021

Are you looking to escape your normal New Years Eve parties and celebrations? Why not head to Europe? New Years Eve in Europe is magical! So, where are the best places to spend New Years in Europe?

Counting down to midnight as the snow falls around you. Hearing so many different languages counting down (10, 9, 8) celebrating with your new friends from many corners of the globe, (7, 6, 5) sipping on mulled wine and champagne, (4, 3, 2) while welcoming the New Year (1, Happy New Year!)

New Years Eve in Europe, will provide you with memories and stories to last a life time.

New Years Eve around the globe is a very busy time of year. Holiday makers from all over the world make their way to different European cities to bring in the New Year, so make sure you book your hotels and New Years Eve tours early to avoid the disappointment.

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9 Best places to spend New Years in Europe

Paris

Paris one of the best places to spend New Years in Europe, check out the fire works over the Eiffel Tower

Paris is one of the most iconic cities in Europe, with one of the most iconic landmarks, the Eiffel. So it is no surprise that Paris as a huge variety of parties and Entertainment to ring in the New Year in Europe.

If you want to visit the best places in Europe for New Year’s Eve, look no further than Paris. The Champs-Elysess looks amazing as thousands of tourists and locals alike flock to the famous street to see the fireworks above Paris.

For a truly unique New Years Eve experience, enjoy champagne aboard river cruise down the Seine River with the best views of the Eiffel Tower as the fire works explode.

If you would prefer to experience New Years Eve in Paris with a gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower but without the fuss of other people, check into one of the best hotels in Paris with a view of the Eiffel Tower….. just make sure you book early!!

Luxembourg

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The river running below a cliff in Luxemburg City

Luxembourg may not be considered as one of the top destinations to visit to celebrate New Year’s Eve, but it can certainly offer a unique experience during the winter holiday.

If you want a less crowded New Year’s Eve in Europe, Luxembourg is a wonderful place to celebrate. Locals celebrate it mildly, with many of them getting out of the city to pursue skiing and beach somewhere else. This doesn’t mean that there’s not a lot of fun in this underrated country.

Want to explore the city on New Year’s Eve or perhaps go on a mindful, meditative walk as you reflect on the past year? Visit one of Luxembourg’s gems, Chemin de la Corniche, and be in awe as you see the majestic view of the illuminated city.

And of course, don’t miss out on the magical splendor of the Winter lights Festival, which runs late in November to the first week of January. Go for ice skating in Place Guillaume II’s ice rink to have a fantastic time or perhaps, stay to watch concerts and chorales at the Christmas markets.

Luxembourg can also be a great place for the family on New Year’s Eve. There’s a lot of entertainment with the Cirque du Lux in Limpertsberg that the family will definitely enjoy. Watch amazing acrobats do their stunts and be impressed by the colorful light displays during the show.

And yes, there are fireworks in Luxembourg on New Year’s Eve, and the best thing about it is that you can witness the magic from different beautiful viewpoints. You can then book your stay in one of the many reputed hotels in Luxembourg, including Novotel Suites Luxembourg, Sofitel, and Le Place d’Armes Hotel. They also host their own parties with music and alcohol to ring in the new year.

One thing you shouldn’t forget though: wear appropriate clothing since it can get really chilly at night.

Amsterdam, Holland

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Fire works over the canals in Amsterdam

Every year, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam rings in the New Year with some of the best celebrations for New Years Eve in Europe.

This charming city is known for its whimsical canals, narrow gabled houses, and cobblestone streets. During the holiday period, the city is lit up by the colors of the Amsterdam Light Festival, including installations from different international artists. Partygoers will enjoy the huge range of festivals and parties, including the silent disco at HUSH, 

New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam starts in the streets. Head to the heart of the city to spots like Dam Square, Leidseplein, The Nieuwmarkt, and Rembrandtplein, where you’ll find locals and visitors alike ringing in the New Year. At Dam square, you can enjoy beer tents, as well as free live music and entertainment. You’ll find stands selling oleibollen and appel beignets, both versions of deep-fried dough. It’s a Dutch tradition to enjoy an oliebol with a glass of champagne on New Year’s Eve, so dig in!

Another fun Dutch New Year’s Eve tradition is buying an oudejaarslot. This special lottery ticket is sold on New Years Eve, which happens to have the highest prize of the entire year! Who knows, you may start the year as a millionaire! 

Seville, Spain

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A building lining the river with lights lit at dusk in Seville

Seville is an amazing city to celebrate New Years Eve in Europe. While this is usually a family night for most locals, where they have a big dinner accompanied with cava before the clock turns 12 minutes to midnight. The tradition says if you eat 12 grapes, one per second counting down to midnight, it brings you good luck. After midnight is when the young go out and party until dawn.

But not all Spanish sit inside for the countdown. The Plaza Nueva square is the perfect place to join the countdown. It is always packed with people and a truly festive place to hang out, but don’t forget to get hold of your 12 grapes! There are also a lot of great parties in Seville for New Year’s Eve.

There are many things you can do in the city before and after the big night! Make sure you go back in history by visiting the Alcazaba, Cathedral, and La Giralda in the city center.

The Tower of Gold is neatly situated by the river where you can go on a river cruise, or even be more adventurous and go stand up paddle boarding. The food market on the other side of the historic bridge, Puente de Triana, is great for lunch and while you’re in the Triana neighborhood why not enjoy a Flamenco show?

Another highlight you should not miss on your Seville itinerary is Plaza de España and the biggest park in the city, the Maria Louisa Park. Seville is the perfect place to stay for a mini vacation or a shorter city break.

Frankfurt, Germany

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Fire works over Frankfurt city on New Years Eve

Frankfurt is one of the New Year’s Eve destinations in Europe. In this international city, you can find many themed parties that day. Expats from all over the world celebrate the end of the year at masquerade balls or wild parties. Those looking for a more relaxed evening will go to one of the many excellent restaurants to enjoy a delicious multi-course meal.

At midnight, head down to the river Main. From the pedestrian bridge Eiserner Steg you have a great view of the fireworks and the skyscrapers in the background. Make sure to arrive early so you can stand in the front row!

If you are looking for a unique experience that includes a fantastic view of the fireworks, book a cruise on the river Main. You will enjoy dinner on the boat before heading to the deck at midnight.

You can also watch people set off their own fireworks. Locals will flock to the streets, especially to Fressgasse, an area known for its many bars and restaurants. With lots of explosions and colourful lights, people will then celebrate the beginning of the new year.

Besides setting off fireworks, Germans have a few more traditions they like to celebrate on New Year’s Eve – and you can experience all of them in Frankfurt. Start your evening by watching Dinner for One. This black and white British short film is extremely popular in Germany, much more than in the UK. You will find it playing on multiple TV channels throughout the evening.

Next, go to a bakery and buy a Kreppel. Germans will eat this doughnut-like pastry, which also goes by the names of Berliner, Krapfen or Pfannkuchen, on New Year’s Eve. Some families will order lots of jam-filled Kreppel and one filled with mustard – and then wait to see who picks up the inedible one.

Happy New Year, or, as we say in German, Guten Rutsch!

London, England

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Fire works at Big Ben in London on New Years Eve

London is one of the best cities for New Year’s Eve because there is something special for everyone.

First of all, there are lots of special events for kids and families in London starting from visiting Santa’s Grottos or meeting Santa at kids’ favorite places, such as Willows Farm or London Zoo.

One of the epic events in London is Winter Wonderland, which usually starts around the 20th of November and lasts until the first week of January in Hyde Park. There is everything for everyone, including markets, food and drink stalls, an ice rink, ice kingdom, circus shows, and a variety of rollercoasters.

London is famous for Winter Light Festivals too. The tickets get sold out a couple of months before the event even takes place. One of the most popular Christmas Lights Festival is at Kew Gardens. It offers a magical light trail throughout all gardens, including a glittering tunnel of bells, giant illuminated seed heads, and majestic trees wrapped in light. Don’t get upset if you missed the slot, Winterfest at Wembley Park offers a light show too, and it is free of charge.

Christmas markets are not an exception. There are a couple of nice markets all around London, including central London where you can have fun, enjoy nice music, and hot drinks.

Of course, the world-famous New Year’s Eve firework display is a breath-taking must-see event that you can watch at the riverside, from one of the rooftops, or in comfort at home watching it on TV.

Finally, what is New Year without the party? London is one of the best new years party in Europe, you will find New Years Eve parties for every taste in almost any club, bar, hotel, theatres and of course street in London.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Berlin, Germany

Sydney, A World in Reach

A fireworks display over the top of the Brandenburg Gate

Berlin is one of Europe’s most exciting cities, and one of the best times to visit Berlin is for Silvester, the German name for New Year’s Eve. On the last evening of the year, the city comes alive with celebrations and fireworks galore.

On the morning of the 31st, sleep in for a bit to prepare for the fun night ahead. During the day, explore the city and see some of the top sights like Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, or the East Side Gallery. This evening, there are plenty of ways you can choose to ring in the new year.

If you’d prefer something more low-key, make dinner reservations and get tickets to the Berlin Philharmonic New Year’s Eve Concert. If you’re ready to party, reserve tickets at one of Berlin’s famous clubs – many of the parties offer an open bar, snacks, and dancing all night long for a reasonable price. Or, you can choose to celebrate with hundreds of thousands of your closest friends at the city’s official party at Brandenburg Gate.

One thing’s for sure: no matter how you choose to celebrate, you’ll definitely see fireworks – lots of fireworks!

One of the best Silvester traditions you can experience in Berlin? At midnight, it’s tradition to celebrate with a jelly-filled Berliner donut. This is a great (and delicious!) way to celebrate the upcoming year!

Munich, Germany

Christina, Travel 2 Next

Fireworks in Munich on New Years Eve

Germans love big celebrations and New Year’s Eve across Germany is one big Bavarian beer hall party. As Munich is home to Oktoberfest, there’s no better city in Germany to cheer in the New Year than here.

New Year’s Eve in Germany is known as “Silvester”, and in Munich, revellers are attracted to several locations including the most famous landmarks in Germany such as Old Town Square, Marienplatz, Olympic Park, and the English Garden. The atmosphere is electric and soaking up the buzz from the crowd amidst these historic sites is a memorable way to celebrate the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one.  

Some of the iconic places to see the fireworks in Munich are at Schwanthalerhöhe, as close as you can to the foot of the Bavaria statue, or at the Friedensengel statue.

If you’d prefer a view of the fireworks going off above the skyline Olympiaberg (Olympic Mountain) is the place to be. Partygoers should head for the winter festival of Tollwood on the Theresienwiese and celebrate over dinner while grooving to cool beats of live bands and DJ tracks.

Another party worth going to is at Muffatwerk, which is a converted waterworks and a cool spot to party on to the wee hours.

Kiev, Ukraine

 Ciara, Wellness Travel Diaries

An old carousel in Kiev, Ukraine on New Years Eve

Kiev, the capital and largest city in Ukraine, is a winter wonderland ready to be embraced by all during the holiday season and is one of the best European cities for New Years.

Dusty domes blanketed with snow, tourists and locals bundled up as the stay warm venturing through the enchanting wintery nights in the city; there’s much to see! To kick of the holiday season, this magnificent city offers several enchanting Christmas markets in Kiev brimming with festive stalls, mulled wine, artisanal crafts and traditionally Ukrainian food.

Found through the city, these Christmas markets stay open through mid- January for ringing in the New Year under the crisp cool night sky. Kontraktova Square is the gastronomy heart of the Christmas markets, and has an impressive environment for celebrating New Year’s Day.

On the eve of New Years, the festive Saint Sophia Square enlivens as the masses flock to the city center to celebrate with family and friends.  Musical performances fill the sky, while the sweet aroma of mulled wine can be smelled through the crowd. Independence Square is met with more performances and holiday festivities, as fireworks light up the midnight sky in celebration of New Years.

For those wanting to stay indoors, Kiev’s night scene is spectacular during the holidays with various clubs and restaurants offering New Year’s Eve parties. With the metro opened longer during the holiday, going from the markets to an indoor location is a breeze. From scenic rooftops to underground nightclubs, there is a diverse amount of ways to ring in the New Year, so grab your winter coat and enjoy the holiday season in the vibrant city of Kiev.  Attachments area.

Where do you think are the best places for New Years in Europe? Let me know in the comments where you have had the best New Years Eve in Europe

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